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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

540 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

2007 - 11.4%
2009 - 11.1%

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-04-1999)
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Reviews by theWrkncacnter:
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle I picked up while I was in DC for vacation. I had tried their IPA and was very impressed, and I wasn't disappointed with this either. Appearance is what you'd expect from a barleywine: Nice foamy head, with a tiny bit of lacing; a nice ring remained the whole time I was drinking the beer. Pours a deep red-ish brown, the color of maple syrup. Smell is wonderful. A very nice sweet smell dominates all other smells and can best be described as a melon or honeydew. A nice deep maltiness undertones the sweetness. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink. The taste is nearly as wonderful. A nice sweet taste comes across first, but then fades to a lingering hop bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, though because it's a barleywine, I could see some people thinking that it's a little harsh. Drinkability is high, just because it's so good, though a little bit of the higher alcohol shows through as the beer warms.

This is one of the best Barleywines I've ever tasted. If you have a chance to get it, it's a must buy. If I'm ever up in DC again, or any other place that carries this, I'll be sure to pick up more than one bottle.

02-10-2008 22:16:29 | More by theWrkncacnter
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a deep garnet red with a thinner slight off white head,this is an old school barley wine in the nose meaning mainly big malt sweet cherry and brown sugar dominate I even picked a touch of smoke in there.Nice big chewey mouthfeel but went down quite easy,big malty flavors to go along with the chewey mouthfeel once again rum soaked cherries and vanilla with notes of carmael and brown sugar with just a light smack of pine in the finish letting you know the hops are there.I didnt get the big hop presence of this beer like many others who have reviewed it a nice barley wine none the less.

04-01-2006 13:41:39 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Presentation: 750ml brown with a Victorian style colour sketching of a woman picking hops. Good blurb about the brew, no freshness date, but none is required with this style.

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy, and dull copper-like in colour with an off-white lacey head.

Smell: Ripe, fruit esters with a touch of caramelization, grain and a pinch of hop.

Taste: This brew is smooth and big on chewy malt flavours; rich toasted complexities. From then, it flows into an amazing cocktail of esters and citruisy hop flavours which end with a dry, grain aftertaste.

Notes: We think Smuttyies has done it again. Perhaps one of the best Barleywines available. Downright exceptional, balanced beyond belief and a honor to drink. 7.0% abv.

02-04-1999 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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blitz134

California

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Perfectly clear, red bodied brew. Very light tan head on top, 1/4" that stayed around a while after reducing slightly. Nice sheet of lace all the way down the glass.

Smelled strongly out of the bottled. In the glass I get whiffs of a ton of hops, citrus rinds mostly, some grapefruit. Nice sugary sweet, caramel smell to it, definately has its share of crystal malts. Hints of alcohol, but not strong.

Nice balance here, even though there are plenty of hops. Caramel, crystal malt sweetness to start. Then transitions into some grassy, herbal hops with some bitter citrus pith. Then comes the "dinner roll" malts at the finish with subtle hints of chocolate. Finishes with a bit of lingering "dirty" bitterness. Quite nice. This one must be had only slightly chilled to let everything come through.

Nice full bodied brew, coats the tongue and the flavor lingers. Low carbonation. Quite smooth with just a little brashness from the hops.

This is a really good beer, in my opinion. If you like Great Divide's Old Ruffian, you'll like this one. Alcohol is present, I can feel it already and I'm barely anyways into this one at all. A superb example of the American Barleywine style.

01-12-2008 03:18:21 | More by blitz134
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer was a claret color with a modest head and a small amount of lacing. It had a nice roasted grain odor. The taste was predominately hoppy, with a little fruitiness thrown in. The hop taste remained a long time. A very smooth, rich beer. I didn't notice the alcohol, but one big bottle is all I'd want to drink in a single sitting.

02-22-2006 21:12:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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sponberg

New York

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Poured into a pint glass, cellar temperature. Deep reddish copper with a thin cream colored head that's thin, but laces for a while. Big aroma of toffeelike malt, spicy slightly earthy/grapefruity hop, and warmth of alcohol.

This, to me, is what a barleywine should taste like. Big, chewy, and round, yet not overblown, with a fruity, toffeelike maltiness with hints of nuts, balanced by a solid hop bitterness. Then a gentle warming surge of alcohol joins in, followed by a spicy, earthy, citrusy hoppiness that is just below the malt. The finish is all of the above flavors happily gliding away. Not the biggest barleywine I've ever drank, nor the maltiest, hoppiest, or most alcoholic; but the balance is spot-on for my taste buds. Special, this one.

One of my three favorite barleywines, no question.

03-12-2004 21:10:43 | More by sponberg
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a decent, off white head. Smell is extremely fruity, citrusy hops, grapefruit, a hint of alcohol. Taste is more ripe fruits, figs, raisins, definite hop presence in the finish which does a decent job of hiding the alcohol with a pungent grapefruit and pine flavor. The burn in the belly, however, remains giving off a nice warming sensation. Mouthfeel is velvety, semi-rich, modest carbonation, and dry, hoppy finish. One bomber is definitely enough. Very enjoyable.

02-06-2008 01:22:23 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-12-2014 04:08:45 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

bomber bottle, no freshness dating found. Pours golden amber, clear, minimal head, tiny buble film, leaves minimal lacing. Nose is faint malt. Taste is smooth, malt. Vanilla, leather,melon and caramel. Hops are subtle, not overpowering. Grainy, grapefruit hop notes come through. Quite warming with Alcohol (10%!) present, but well hidden by fulll flavors of this tasty sipper. well done, seek and enjoy.

04-11-2004 16:17:15 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a growler freshly filled a couple hours ago at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY (thanks for the tip Malto).
A real attractive bronze/rust color w/ a nice finger full of off-white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is very thin and has no cling at all.
Aroma is real enjoyable...rum raisins, cherries, and some alcohol present.
Taste is packed full of raisins, grapes, and has a decent malt backbone. I was expecting something sweeter from Smutty.
Alcohol is present too, but is not upfront and does not linger...just warms you up perfectly.
The mouthfeel is just right for the style...a bit syrupy and somewhat thick.
Drinkability is average, as I never find the barleywines to be highly drinkable...a perfect one to enjoy this time of year.
I would prefer this particular offering aged for at least a year, and I will do this with the few bottles I just picked up last week...I could simply not avoid picking up a growler of this brew when I saw it available...blame me?

03-06-2005 00:46:15 | More by warriorsoul
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Mora2000

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Bottle courtesy of ballewblake.

Pours brownish-amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is very sweet with some strong caramel malt. The flavor is lots of caramel as well as hops, chocolate, sweet malt as well as some dark fruit and brown sugar. The alcohol does come through in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel.

01-01-2010 17:18:08 | More by Mora2000
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Bomber picked up on a recommendation at Knightly Spirits in Orlando. 2011 edition.

Poured into a goblet. A hazy amber brew, with visible sediment that suspends in the glass until it finally settles. A thin head is all that survives. Not the best looking brew I'll admit, but few barleywines ever are.

The nose is quite inviting: big caramel, malt, bread, peach, a bit of booze and citrus. Quintessential American barleywine nose here.

Tastes excellent - flavorful and complex. The citrus hops added a lovely counterpart to the sweet malty blast at the beginning. Dry grain to the finish. Notes of peach, apricot, wine. Nice chewy feel, medium bodied, excellent carbonation. Slightly meaty with the sediment.

Great barleywine, highly recommended.

04-22-2012 02:48:01 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mattster

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Opened 22 Fluid ounce 2007 Bottle at Beer Tasting with NitroGen & Tayner; Poured into wineglass.

Pours a nice clear reddish/med brown color. Virtually no head, some lacing.

The first thing that hit me with the smell of this monster was Pecan pie - Nice toasted pecans with nice caramel maltyness. Taste follows through with nuttiness, also provides some bitter and sweet notes. Somewhat hot on back of palate, but a nice drink.

04-13-2008 01:56:56 | More by mattster
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MikePags

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2014 00:51:13 | More by MikePags
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-17-2014 01:07:01 | More by Mantooth
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-17-2013 20:39:27 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a beautiful garnet with a smallish off-whte head. Settles in to a rather swirly sheet of lace.

Smells very estery with a fair amount of hop coming through.

Tastes like a young barleywine but not quite as aggressive. There's no need to wait on the malts to tone down, they're perfect. Lots of big ripened fruit and caramel flavors. The hops are a bit over the top for me, but dealable. Feel the burn.

Mouthfeel is rather huge. Bordering on overbearing at times.

Drinkability. I'm going to get another bottle of this and lay it down. I'd like to see it when the hops settle in.

03-29-2004 00:35:51 | More by yankeeheel
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-13-2013 21:16:17 | More by doremite
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured into tulip; surprisingly light and clear orange; by looks, this could be an amber ale or even a DIPA. Creamy white head, descends very slowly leaving tons of lacing.
Smell is very interesting; very malty, with soft grain and a hint of nutty sweetness with some lighter fruitiness as well, and a hint of wine-like booze.
Taste is tons of toasted grain malt, nutty and soft, caramel and hints of sweetness and fruit. Slight pinch of crisp hops at the end cleans up the sticky aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full, well-carbonated.
Overall, every barleywine I've had is unique, and this one continues the trend. It's delicious, malty, smooth, and the alcohol is hidden entirely. Awesome job, not that I'd expect anything less from Smuttynose.

01-04-2014 03:03:48 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-17-2012 17:28:52 | More by stereosforgeeks
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, dark copper color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with good amounts of toffee. Also present are slight hints of pine hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of pine hops. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of heavy toffee and butterscotch flavors, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit too sweet and lacked the complexity to be in the upper tier of barleywines, but it’s another solid beer from the Big Beer series. Worth a shot.

07-06-2011 18:47:21 | More by glid02
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CloudStrife

New York

3.89/5  rDev -2%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled conditioned in 2013. 10.6% stamped on the neck.

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a slightly yellowed head. Can barely make out any visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initially I notice a nice dose of hops which add a citrusy floral aroma. Bit of dark fruit from the malt. Can smell the alcohol.

T: Nice blend going on here, initially there is a pretty bitter hop flavor. Then the malts catchup on the backend adding in their sweetness and fruit qualities. Has a bit of a molasses or carmel tone to it as well. Booze doesnt hesitate to show its face.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty sticky and resinous on the backend. Leaves your mouth a bit dry.

Overall this one certainly fulfills the "big beer series" name. A bit rambunctious now, this one will benefit with age. Pick one up if youre not scared of something strong.

12-24-2013 00:00:17 | More by CloudStrife
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DagFishHead

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Bright copper-amber body. Frothy orange-tan head fades leaving ample lace.
Smell: Syrupy/fruity sweet malt, a big whiff of alcohol with piney-citrus hops.
Taste: Thick sweet toffee malt to start. Lush with soothing alcohol warmth and peppery citrus / bitter hops at the top. The hops struggle to dry this baby out but finally retreat leaving some malt to limp throught he aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, not as lush as some other BW's. Light carbonation very appropriate.
Drinkability: Reminds me of a toned-down Old Horizontal. Very nice, but not as memorable as so many others.

02-23-2004 01:58:03 | More by DagFishHead
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IntriqKen

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a pretty golden orange with a nice half finger of white that stuck around for the entire drink as a faint white covering to the glass.

Aromas are right on for a Barleywine....sweet malts with lots of sugar and a bitter citrus peel hop finish.

Taste is sweet amber malt with lots of sugars, light brown sugar, a bit of tropical fruits with tangerines and oranges mixed in, and then a finish to a citrus peel bite with almost a pepper sharpness to it.

Aftertaste is bitter citrus peel and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with lots of sharp carbonation.

Like it lots.

02-21-2008 05:06:01 | More by IntriqKen
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

2006 bottle

AP: A deep amber with red and orange hues. Minimal, thin head, very active "eye" directly in the center that is continually bubbly.

Smell: Ultra-sweet malt, leafy hop, mild dark berries...very aromatic overall.

Taste: Sweet-fruity malted barley, potent green-leafy hop (smutty's 2006 brews seem to have a very leafy hop effect...RIS and Big A come to mind) It's a very robust and complex malt flavor with a big burst of grren hop at the end.

MF: Medium body with plenty of activity happening but it still feels substantial and hefty on the palate.

DA: 10% ABV you really feel! but it's complex and tasty, this is a classic brew for the NE area IMO.

09-25-2006 13:25:14 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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